THE Spanish Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) to tender through infrastructure manager Adif a €104m contract for 15 locomotives to haul maintenance trains.

The units will also be used for exploratory work, train rescue and snow removal duties. Of the 15 diesel-electric locomotives, 12 will be for the Iberian 1668mm-gauge network and three for the 1000mm-gauge Feve system. The 1668mm-gauge locomotives will have a 160km/h maximum speed, while the metre-gauge locomotives will have a 70km/h maximum speed.

MITMA says that the contract will include an eight-year maintenance agreement and that the winning bidder will also supply spare components for the locomotives.

No date was announced for when the locomotives would be ordered.

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